Measurement of Cognitive Outcomes of At-Risk Children Using Novelty Processing in Rural Kenyan Children

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Part of the Specialty Topics in Pediatric Neuropsychology book series (STPN)

Abstract

In the developing world, there are not many ways to measure the neurodevelopment of children, since culturally fitting neuropsychological measures are often lacking. Event-related potentials (ERPs) are often used in the Western world to measure cognitive development after cerebral infarct. ERPs are voltage brain waves that are associated with physical or mental occurrences and provide insight into information processing affected by cerebral disease. This chapter introduces ERPs to investigate neurocognitive development following pediatric severe falciparum malaria in rural Kenyan children. Since ERPs are not dependent on language, they are very useful in rural Kenya. The worth of ERPs in portraying neurodevelopment in these children is demonstrated by the fact that in this study, there were a significant number of children exposed to severe malaria who had abnormal ERPs.

Keywords

Malaria Meningitis Bark Encephalitis Plasmodium 

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  1. 1.KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research ProgrammeKilifiKenya

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